A Poiesis of the Creative Cosmos: Celebrating Her within PaGaian Sacred Ceremony
by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
Girl God Books, 2023.
This book is the documentation of a poetic ceremonial process practiced over decades, which has been the making of a world, a creative context in which She could be expressed and heard. This ceremonial practice is based in the Seasonal Moments of Earth-Sun relationship: that is, specifically the Solstices, Equinoxes and cross-quarter transitions of the Old European indigenous traditions. This has been synthesized with a scientific understanding of the unfolding Cosmos, and with female metaphor for the sacred: named as a “PaGaian” cosmology. The poetic process of ceremony described, over the year long cycle of Earth-Sun creativity is a Geo-therapy, a placing of self within a womb of creativity, a microcosm of the Womb of the Cosmos, the habitat of all being, in which we dwell. This documentation was enabled and enhanced by the author’s academic doctoral work which allowed organic and transpersonal research methods, wherein ceremony, meditations, and intuitive cognitions were part of the learning. The circle of stones on the front cover represents this devotional practice and is reminiscent of the great stone circles built by ancestral peoples, which were ceremonial sites celebrating relationship with the beauty and terror of being alive in this awesome universe.
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“This is a deeply spiritual work, beautifully articulating the sacrality and the profundity of our lives and of the cosmos. Glenys Livingstone writes of communions, celebrations, wonderfully creative ceremonies, the continuity of life: our turns around the Wheel of the Year.”
-Miriam Robbins Dexter, Author of Whence the Goddesses: a Source Book and Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia
“This book is a blessing! Bestowing knowledge, wisdom, and beauty, it presents new possibilities for a greater felt connection with the cosmos. The ceremonies for a PaGaian Wheel of the Year will surely inspire spiritual creativity.”
-Charlene Spretnak, Author of Lost Goddesses of Early Greece
“In order to enter A Poiesis of the Creative Cosmos, begin the night before. Go out under the stars and let their beauty soak into you. Bring to mind the 320 million Earth-like planets sprinkled throughout the Milky Way galaxy and imagine there are other beings out there who are, simultaneously, trying to imagine us. As you climb into bed, reflect on the stunning truth coming from both the ancient ones and the contemporary scientists, that you are at the center of the universe, at the very center along with everyone else. After a deep sleep, you will be ready to enter the PaGaian wheel of ceremony which has taken Glenys an entire lifetime to create. She has had to struggle out of the unconscious arrogance and profound ignorance of industrial society in their dismissal of the wisdom embedded in Goddess-based cultures. Working with other poets of the cosmos, she has constructed a spiritual practice that enables us to root ourselves in place and celebrate the sacred annual journey about the sun. By releasing ourselves into the wisdom of her ceremonies, we find our creative energies reinvigorated as we set forth to give poetic expression to the divine presence in which we live. Glenys Livingstone, the author of this cosmological poetry, is a planetary treasure.”
-Brian Thomas Swimme, Author of Cosmogenesis
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